SACTWU settles all its national wage negotiations, except for the Clothing Industry Print
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00


PRESS RELEASE : IMMEDIATE


The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile workers’ Union (SACTWU) has now concluded all disputes relating to its 2013 national wage negotiations without having had to resort to strike action, in all sectors other than in the clothing industry.

Our national negotiations cover the distribution, leather, textiles, sheltered employment and clothing sectors. All leather, textile and clothing sector negotiations take place at the respective bargaining councils covering these  three industries. Distribution and sheltered employment negotiations take place at national company group level.

All settled wage increases will be implemented from the effective date, which in the vast majority of instances is from 1st July this year. Only the blanket textile- and clothing sectors and some distribution enterprises fall outside this 1st July wage increase implementation date. In the case of the blanket textile sector, the implementation date is 1st August and in the case of clothing it is 1st September. 

Where settlements have been finalised only after the required implementation date, all such settlements will be backdated, thus ensuring that all our members receive the full benefit.

Wage settlements reached vary between 7% and 20%, with all but one ‘sheltered employment’ falling within a range of 7% to 9.5%. In the sheltered employment sector, the package settlement was 20%, mainly due to the first time introduction of retirement fund, medical aid and housing allowance provisions, in addition to a wage increase.

We have now turned our concentrated focus to the  clothing industry wage dispute. It is the only national wage dispute in SACTWU’s organising scope which has regrettably not yet been settled (see SACTWU press release of 6 August 2013 for more detail). We are currently conducting a voluntary strike ballot in the clothing  sector. We have set ourselves a target to ballot 40 000 clothing workers in 500 factories over a three week period. The ballot commenced on 1st August. As at close of business yesterday, we have balloted 15 201 workers in 137 clothing factories nationally.

Issued by

Andre Kriel
SACTWU
General Secretary

If further information is required, kindly contact SACTWU’s National Organising Secretaries Chris Gina (cell number 082 9409456 or office number 031 3011351) or Bonita Loubser  (cell number 082 8007143)